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Mar 17, 2009 06:49 PM

Monkey Bread - Do you have a favourite recipe?

So, I was watching Michael Smith's show, Chef at Home, and liked the looks of the "Monkey Bread". Had never heard of this before, but it's got all the ingredients of cinnamon buns and looked yummy!!!

Decided to try the recipe, and for sure there's something wrong with it as printed on the website.

There was no way that dough was coming off the sides of the mixer bowl, and I've done a bunch of fixes with more flour, yeast, etc. to finally get to a bread-like dough. It's rising now, and we'll see what my patch-up job yields...

In the meantime, I've checked the Internet for other recipes; so many of them use those Pillsbury rolls, and I don't want to... Found a recipe on Martha Stewart that looks promising:

But, just maybe some Chowhounder out there has a fabulous recipe to share... Please, please, please!!!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Thanks for the links! I am trying to stay away from recipes that call for pre-made rolls or butterscotch pudding mixes. Maybe it's the purist in me...hahaha.

      1. re: Full tummy

        i have to confess, i didn't read all the details in the links...just scanned them & posted because i saw recipes [sheepish grin]. sorry!

    2. This one, for Nancy Reagan's recipe, was in the New York Times several years ago. I confess that I have never made it, but keep meaning to.

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      1. re: masha

        Looks great! Thanks!!! Main difference is that it doesn't call for cinnamon, but surely I could modify if I need mine cinnamon-y. I'll give it a try!

        1. re: masha

          Nancy Reagan's Monkey Bread was the first recipe of this kind that I ever tried and while I've tried other recipes, hers is the best. It's soft and buttery and pulling them apart is the well ... the best part! (Aside from eating it of course!)

        2. The one I make is an herb one from King Arthur::

          But here a few others from there too:

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          1. re: hummingbird

            Yummy!!! The Cinna-bites recipe looks like what I'm after. Will give it a try, too! Woohoo! Hubbie and I will be swinging from branches yet...

            1. re: hummingbird

              Hey, I've never seen a savory monkey bread recipe! I might try that.


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                I'm intrigued by the herb one too. Wonder how it would be with grated parmesan added to the mix.

                1. re: karykat

                  Great idea. How can you go wrong with parm cheese?


                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                  herb monkey bread? i'm intrigued!!! I love monkey bread with a passion, but i'm definitely more a savory person, so it sounds like the best thing ever.

              2. Leslie Mackie has a recipe in her Macrina cookbook. I have not tried the recipe but her monkey bread is delicious and everything else I have tried in the cookbook has turned out wonderfully - I highly recommend it.
                If you are not familiar, Macrina is a great Seattle bakery known for their breads, muffins and scones. Definitely worth a visit!

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                1. re: winemd

                  i have 3 daughters and we LOVE to cook together. a few weeks ago we made the recipe that came out a few months ago from cook's illustrated. we had such a ball making it and it was super yummy. i am certain that if i had made it alone we would have had more correct results with the finished product, but the time together in the kitchen was priceless!
                  beware though, this recipe rises at least twice so it isn't a quick bake.
                  good luck!

                  1. re: raygunclan

                    Thanks, rayguncian. I'll check if the recipe is available on their website.

                  2. re: winemd

                    Thanks! I'll try to see if I can find the recipe online.

                  3. Try Paula Deen's recipe for Gorilla Bread. You can still make your own dough, but you've GOT to try it her way! I'm not allowed to attend Christmas morning without it!